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Publisher's Note:

"What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book.” Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to…

Food: A Love Story

by Jim Gaffigan

Overall Book Review:

I don’t know what to write first about this book…oh, wait! Yes I do! Before you start reading, make sure you have plenty of food around you. Preferably some pizza, doughnuts, hotdogs–maybe throw in a burger or two for good measure. (As I said to my husband, without thinking twice, “Just make sure you have plenty of food around when you eat it…” Okay, now I will begin.)

This book makes one hungry. Even if you just ate, it will speak to your appetite, telling you that you need more. Jim Gaffigan is a masterful comedian to be sure. When I have seen his recorded performances, all he has to do is that weird whisper at the end of a joke and he’s got me laughing.

Sometimes the things Jim talks and jokes about aren’t really supposed to be funny, and yet when he talks about them, they are. That has to tell you something right there. He has talent. And the fact that when I was reading his book, I was reading it in his voice the entire time, that just made the experience so much better. He has a unique sense of humor that I really enjoy, though at times it can get a little repetitive. So one might think that a book all about food and food jokes could get a little old, right? Not really. I sped through this book like there was a pot of Hershey’s bars waiting for me as a prize when I got to the end, only to find that I still had to get off of my butt and make dinner.

This book is one that you will probably find yourself quoting aloud to your family, and maybe even laughing about to yourself as you read. It made me want to eat out for every meal, just because I’m an American and I can, and Jim Gaffigan does, so why can’t I? Well, anyway, enough of me writing a review about a book about food–read it for yourself and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Audiobook Review Comments by Amber:  I thought the audiobook version of this book was hilarious. Listening to Jim Gaffigan is almost as good as watching his show, but I might suggest keeping a pen handy and not driving while listening to this particular book. This is because Gaffigan suggests many different restaurants throughout the books, and I am now kicking myself for not taking notes. I guess I will be rereading the book now.Overall, I thought the audiobook was funny but did not make me laugh as much as Dad is Fat. If I had to choose between the two, I would suggest the latter. Unless you are a huge Gaffigan fan and are planning on listening to both, which is also a good plan.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 1 mild obscenity; 1 derogatory name; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  Woman referred to as “hot”; sex is referred to once.

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink; adults smoke; cocaine, marijuana, and coke use mentioned.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.